Texas corn farmers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) should do so by June 30 to be considered for the 2020 program. While production elections will be identical to 2019, farmers still need to coordinate with their local FSA office to sign the 2020 contract.
“The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs are critical safety-net programs for farmers, helping producers weather market distortions resulting from natural disasters, trade disruptions and, this year, a pandemic. Contact your FSA county office today to complete enrollment before June 30. This can be done in concert with filing your acreage report and applying for other FSA programs,” FSA administrator Richard Fordyce said in a statement released from the USDA.
If producers do not meet the deadline on Tuesday, June 30, they will be ineligible to enroll their 2020 crop in these programs should one trigger from disruptions.
To comply with social distancing guidelines, FSA offices are currently unable to house in-person meetings. Producers should contact their local FSA office to obtain and complete these program contracts through mail, email or by drop-off by scheduled appointments. To learn about eligibility and coverage from these programs, visit Farmers.gov/arc-plc or call your local office to visit with an administrator. To find the administrators closest to you, use the office locator tool on the FSA website.